December 10, 2010
The Apogee of American Purpose
This eloquent, enlightening, uplifting speech stands as one of John Kennedy’s four greatest addresses, defining for all mankind the noblest ambition of any freely-elected government: to help “make the world safe not only for democracy and diversity but also for personal distinction.”
More than the logical successor to his June 10 address at American University proposing détente, this oration honoring Robert Frost and all artists who question power, praises dissent as the obligation of responsible citizens. As he reminds us: “When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.”
This masterful and insightful oration is one of the most important statements of national purpose and personal responsibility ever rendered in public life. It defined the essence of John F. Kennedy’s political life and altruistic spirit.
April 29, 2005
Frosty reception here
Surprisingly sloppy speech given by JFK, since most of his speeches are razor sharp, he knows what he's talking about and delivers it so. This speech he's almost hesitant, stalls a bit, says um and ah a little bit too. The topic, mainly about Robert Frost, isn't incredibly interesting, so that brings down the speech a notch too.